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Cultural Competence for Successful Weight Management Counseling

Gail Frank, DrPH, RD, CHES

Dr. Gail Frank is a Graduate of Texas Tech University and a Dietetic Internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.  She is currently a Professor of Nutrition and Director of an Academy-Accredited Dietetic Internship at California State University Long Beach having graduated 319 RDs into practice.  Gail is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and trained as a chronic disease Epidemiologist at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Among several awards from the Academy, in April 2018, she was named recipient of the WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DPG’s ‘Excellence in Obesity Outcomes Research’ award.  This was, in part, based on 4 major research studies for which she was Co-Principal Investigator researching indices of obesity:
1st) 16 years designing and directing the epidemiological dietary studies of a bi-racial community of 5,000 children in the Bogalusa, Louisiana.
2nd) the NIH Womens Health Initiative’ (WHI) randomized clinical trial at the University of California, Irvine, using MI for low-fat eating from 1995 to 2005.  
3rd) the USDA community-based participatory grant from 2007-2010, focusing on healthy eating interventions among pregnant Latino women at high risk for obesity, and
4th) from 2011 to 2016,Trans-disciplinary Training in Nutrition’ including culturally-appropriate content and MI counseling for Latino families with children at high-risk for chronic disease.

Gail was a Media Spokesperson for the Academy for 19 years and held several elected DPG positions including Chair of ‘‘Nutrition Research’’ and Treasurer of both ‘’Womens Health’’ and ‘’Nutrition Education for the Public’’. 

In 2015, Gail joined the “True Health Initiative”, a global coalition of leading experts and influencers in nutrition and healthy lifestyle whose founder is Dr. David Katz.

She has published or co-authored 123 manuscripts in peer-review journals  and  is  the  author  of  the  2nd edition textbook,  Community Nutrition – Applying Epidemiology to Contemporary Practice.